Have you ever applauded at the end of a movie in a theater? That's how you'll feel at the end of this game.
The video gaming crowd isn't necessarily known for their cerebral, spiritual prowess, but if you're looking for a game that will grip you and give you a different outlook on life, this might be the one.
Better than any book I ever read, this game will take you into a story and make it yours. The game play feels a little forced at times, but you're never disconnected or bored. The acting is top notch - Ellen Page, Willem Defoe, and Kadeem Hardison all shine brightly in bringing the story to life.
But unlike a book or most video games, you play a key role in bringing the story to life too. As the majority of gamers are male, this will also be a new experience. This is not like playing Lara Croft. As Jodie, you will help shape her as a person as she grows from a young child to a seasoned adult. You decide how she feels about the other characters, who she falls in love with, who she distrusts, how she handles a potential unwanted advance from a guy in a bar, and ultimately whether she chooses life or death (more than once).
It's a rare game that gives you this kind of intensity, without you dying and re-spawning repeatedly. You could play this from start to finish and feel like you lived it.
My rating of 9 is just because there are some annoyances. If you play with Y axis inverted, you'll need to set it every time you start, it doesn't remember. Load times are prohibitive. Cut scenes are plentiful (although, very well integrated). And some of the movement control of Jodie is annoying (you'll find yourself itching to play as Aiden, the "other soul", who has much more freedom and intuitive movement).
But it's hard to knock this game. It's masterful. And I just bought my rental copy so that I can explore it again. Next time, my mood may make me change my decisions, and I may find a whole new universe to be inspired by...
I would rate higher than ten because this game to me was fun. Just the same concept as heavy rain but better graphic and the story line was great. Recommend to who ever likes heavy rain to try this game out.
If you liked Heavy Rain, then you'll love what Team Quantic Dream has brought to the table. Once again, I am sold! Heavy Rain brought me sweaty palms, a high heart rate, and the constant wondering of WHO the Origami Killer actually was. In Beyond: Two Souls, I was brought the same and more. Several instances I became teary eyed, and I was so glued to the screen, I'm surprised I didn't play the whole game through in one sitting!
Beyond is not your run of the mill videogame. It's more than that. It is a deeply touching, emotional story of two very special beings and the friends and foes they come across that simply cannot be compared, nor explained in words. I rarely give a game 10 stars (given Heavy Rain 8, also Mass Effect series and Fallout + Skyrim are 10s in my book), but when I do, I have a lot to say.
There is SO MUCH variety in setting, design, emotion, and choice. You only have so much time to make a choice, and that makes it all the more personal. The ending I got, I feel, was the best and tugged the most on my heart strings. I could go on and on, but I only have so many letters I can type :D
Every single element in this story is perfect. Everything in this game that was put there has mastered its place. The movement, the acting and tone of voices, and really... this incredible story makes you think.
(by the way, if you are able to, check out The Dark Sorcerer. It's a little parody Quantic Dream made as a prototype for the PS4)
Anyway, I suggest playing Heavy Rain first, and play it ALL THE WAY THROUGH. You will want to, trust me ;) Then, play Beyond: Two Souls. It all depends if you feel it's worth a buy, but an absolute rent indeed! Plus, Jodie is pretty cute.
Quantic Dream, you have my heart. Both of your productions have brought me immeasurable immersion. And ladies and gentlemen, you better believe when Quantic Dream does something, it is gaming royalty. Oh yeah, this is intended for adults.